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Mount Sinai School of Medicine Commencement Honors Leaders in Genetics and Global Health
Date:5/13/2010

President Bill Clinton recognized along with luminaries in science

New York, NY (Vocus) May 13, 2010 -- Mount Sinai School of Medicine at its 41st commencement ceremony today honored a former president, legendary scientists in the field of genetics and human genome research, and renowned humanists whose work has advanced biomedical research and provided much needed access to health care both locally and internationally. President Bill Clinton was among the honorees, and also addressed an audience of nearly 200 Mount Sinai graduates as commencement speaker.

Held at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, the event reflected Mount Sinai School of Medicine’s commitment to being a world leader in genetics research, and in providing patient care reaching across international borders. The graduating class embodies Mount Sinai’s dedication to translational science, medical advocacy, and the mentoring spirit that has transformed medical education. A total of 198 degrees were granted, including 116 MDs, 33 PhDs, 18 MPHs, and 31 MS degrees.

In his address, President Clinton cited the mapping of the human genome as crucial moment in medical history, and challenged the Class of 2010 remain committed to public health.

“One of the great challenges of the age is to reduce the disparity between wealthy and poor countries. Bridging that gap will help determine the future of the world we all live in. Never before have we been in a position to do such good. See yourselves in whatever health field you choose as agents of positive change,” President Clinton said.

President Clinton was honored for his contributions to the developing world and the underserved communities in the United States, including those served by Mount Sinai. Through the William J. Clinton Foundation, President Clinton focuses on health issues that demand urgent action, solutions, and
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